When we began to discover careers during our childhood, however, it never occurred to us to answer the question and know for sure: what do you want to be when you grow up?
We instinctively might have said a policeman, princess, fireman etc. Then we grew up a little, we started primary school and we discovered new potential careers, then we changed our minds every day. Our imaginations would run wild and we would want to do all different types of jobs.
A few years later, we started secondary school, all of a sudden you don't care what job you'll be doing when you grow up. In Italy, this period lasts three years and during that time high schools take care of training you and give you an idea of what career you want to pursue.
So you have the high schools of psychology, languages, accounting, tourism, social care and many others. There are also standard high schools that allow you to prepare yourself to decide what you want to do once you're able to enrol at university.
Once you finish high school, you finally consider what career path you want to take and then you can choose the right university. You'll often live in another city or another state, so you'll find yourself working to financially support yourself.
However, there are times in our lives when we will have patches of struggle. We might begin to question if what we are doing is really what we want. Mentally, those struggles can have a major impact on your life and make you begin to question career choices.
For example, every time I have to go to work, I have problems sleeping. I have hallucination problems related to work, I suffer from anxiety attacks. During my shifts, it doesn't change. I often burst into tears because of the (psychological) pain.
You want to escape but you can't, you have to face the fact that you have bills to pay such as rent. If I lose my job I won't be able to pay for essentials just to live. I wouldn't even have a maintenance loan to cover me, a valuable help to countless students have here in the UK.
It's not easy. You are there, doing your job knowing that soon a mental breakdown will come.
Right now it's harder than ever, especially during a pandemic. You can't leave and find another job because they are few and far between, it's very uncertain.
Like many of us, my dream is to finish my degree, start a master's or find a career in the field relevant to my degree.